Despite Beyoncé ’s four wins from nine nominations at this year’s Grammy awards makes her the most awarded, there’s a real risk she might just walk away from the scheme.
The Grammys are ultimately about four awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
Of these big gongs, Beyoncé as a solo artist, has only ever won one of them once – Song of the Year in 2010 for Single Ladies.
At the 65th annual awards on Sunday night, she picked four gongs out of 9. She took home trophies for Best Dance/Electronic Recording (“Break My Soul”), and Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Plastic Off the Sofa”) before winning Best R&B Song with “Cuff It” as well as Best Dance/Electronic Music Album.
Beyoncé Grammy success
Despite having an immense cultural and commercial impact over the last 20 years, Beyoncé is an eight-time unsuccessful nominee in the Record of the Year category, raising a few thorny questions.
Of the four heavyweight categories, Harry Styles took home Album of the Tear for “Harry’s House.” Samara Joy (Best New Artist), Lizzo (Record of the Year) and Bonnie Raitt (Song of the Year).
Despite becoming the artist with the most Grammy awards with a total of 32 trophies, observers cannot help but point out snubs when it comes to Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
Renaissance is Beyoncé’s first solo studio album since 2016’s Lemonade. As with her other six solo albums, Renaissance debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, making her the first female artist to reach the milestone.
Although she was nominated for Record of the Year (“Break My Soul”), Album of the Year (Renaissance) and Song of the Year (“Break My Soul”), she faltered.
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Beyoncé was also beaten to the Best R&B Performance (“Virgo’s Groove”) and Best Song Written for Visual Media (“Be Alive”) gongs by Muni Long and Lin-ManueL Miranda, respectively.
In the end the Recording Academy deemed it fit for Lizzo’s About Damn Time to win Record of the Year, rather than Beyoncé’s Break My Soul.
When Bonnie Raitt’s Just Like That edged past Beyoncé’s Break My Soul for Song of the Year; the BeyHive weren’t enthused.
Some have held the Recording Academy has long ignored Beyoncé when it comes to the Big Four Categories underlined by loses on all four times she was nominated for the coveted Album of the Year trophy, including last night.
This is despite Renaissance, her 2022 album topping many a best-of-year list. When Harry Styles was announced as the winner, Twitter erupted as critics and fans expressed a range of reactions.
There was talk of the Recording Academy’s history of overlooking Black artists, and specifically Black women, in this major category.
In Beyoncé’s case, each of the four times she has been nominated for Album of the Year, she has lost to a white artist whose album many argued was less culturally significant than hers.
Album of the Year Grammy snub
Only three Black women have won Album of the Year in the ceremony’s 65-year history, the last time being when Lauryn Hill won for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999. Before Hill, Natalie Cole won for Unforgettable…with Love in 1992 while Whitney Houston won for the soundtrack to The Bodyguard in 1994.
Since Hill’s win in 1999, Beyoncé has been the frontrunner for the prize after submitting her albums I Am… Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé, Lemonade and Renaissance.
There’s talk that making Beyoncé the artist with the most Grammys is presumably to stop her withdrawing from the awards in future as the Weeknd and Drake have done in recent years but who knows, she might just walk if the snub of the big two categories continues.
by michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.net